Kosta Zafiriou, drummer and original member of German/British melodic hard rockers PINK CREAM 69, has left the band. He will be replaced by his good friend and longtime drum tech Chris Schmidt, who has previously played with SUNSTORM, Harry Hess' FIRST SIGNAL and more.
Commented Kosta: "It was a very hard decision to leave the band I co-founded back in 1987, but I am sure this is the right step. Due to my various activities with my company Bottom Row, plus being the drummer and manager of my new band UNISONIC, more and more I felt I was retarding PINK CREAM 69's career.
"Chris is a great drummer and a good friend of the band [for] many years, which makes him the perfect match for PINK CREAM 69.
"I wish the guys only the best and look forward to see the first show with him — as a visitor, enjoying the songs that accompanied me half of my life!"
PINK CREAM 69 entered the studio on March 1 to begin recording the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2007's "In10sity" for a fall release via Marquee/Avalon (Japan and Southeast Asia) and Frontiers Music (rest of the world).
Added PINK CREAM 69 guitarist Alfred Koffler: "The vibe within the band is very enthusiastic and creative. There are far too many strong songs by Dennis [Ward], David [Readman] and myself to pick from. There will be eleven of them on the album plus a couple of bonus tracks for the different markets and formats. We also will have guest appearances by two famous musicians on the new record — both fans of the band. More on that soon!"
The release of the new PINK CREAM 69 album will be accompanied by the arrival of the band's first video clip since "Shame".
The band will make several European festival appearances during the summer and will tour after the release of the new CD.
Pictured below: Chris Schmidt
Pictured below: Kosta Zafiriou